I love the intimacy of elopements. They’re perfect for the couple who want to get away from planning everything down to the smallest detail. All that’s really needed is a time, place, and each other. I was so fortunate to have an incredible couple, a stunning dress, and Kelly Lenard, the floral designer, by my side to help everything come together so effortlessly. Kelly pulled florals in colors that complemented the California landscape to create a daring bouquet.

Ultimately I wanted to show brides-to-be that if a large, expensive wedding doesn’t excite you, then an intimate elopement with just you and your fiancé is a totally viable, somewhat carefree option. It can be just as beautiful as large celebration with all of the bells and whistles.

For this bouquet, Kelly wanted to come up with a lush and wild design reflective of the California coast. Her inspiration came from the warm glow of the early evening light, golden hues on the cliffs of Gray Whale Cove, and the colorful vegetation that covered the surrounding hillsides. She chose a mix of caramel, coral, ivory, orange, and rose tones to compliment the landscape. Foraged pistachio and bougainvillea were among her favorite finds. Other varieties included garden roses, ranunculus, nerines, fringed tulips, and blushing bride proteas.

Location: Pacifica, Ca | Floral Design and Styling: Kelly Lenard | Dress: Johanna Johnson from Alice in Ivory | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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